Thursday, January 19, 2017


Beacon  22x28 Mixed Media on wood panel

Many times a painting takes on a life of its own and brings me to a memory of an impressionable time.

Its been many years since I last scuba dived.  Under water the life is mysterious, flowing and the deeper you go the less light there is.  As you float along and search through the crevices and plant life the light above is your beacon of the way home.

I believe that is the memory that this painting conjured up.

The painting is mostly oil and cold wax medium.

Blessings for a great day.


Thursday, January 5, 2017


Mystery  22x28 Mixed Media on Wood Substrate

This painting started out with many layers of acrylic, paper, gauze, tar gel, medium, etc.  You get the idea. Layer over layer and then clear gesso to allow for the oil paint.  From there I progressed to Cold Wax Medium with Oil Paint.  It sat for a long time and this time I put a transparent layer of Indian Yellow (oil) with medium to connect everything.

It has a sense of mystery. Therefore the name.

Blessings for a great day.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Unbound 20x20 Mixed Media on wood substrate  $400

This piece is done on a gallery wood substrate.  There are layers of paper and string, done mostly with Oil and Cold Wax Medium using various knives.

Blessings for an awe inspiring year.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Morning oil painting by Bente Hansen

Morning 9x12 Mixed media oil painting $100

This painting started with collage and acrylic followed by clear gesso and then oil.  It is done on a standard size canvas so it is easy to frame.  Signed bottom left

Blessings for a great weekend


Thursday, December 8, 2016


Coastline 9 1/2x14 on Terraskin Stone Paper  $100

This painting is done on stone paper using mainly a brayer and palette knife.  I am using the paper to see how large an image this will work on.  A lot of artists use stone paper with Cold Wax.  I thought I would try the paper with oil first.

I would suggest cutting the paper to a 9X12 and frame it in a standard size frame.

Star is wondering why I can't play with him all the time?

Blessings for a great day.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sketch from Tofino

Star, our fur baby (see photo below) is sick.  Kennel cough.  So rather than go out to my studio to paint I am nearby to assist if he gets into a coughing spurt.

The sketch is a cluster of trees I kept coming back to.

Below, I put it through the Value Viewer app to show the grid for the painting layout.  Next step is to decide on the colors.  I think the blues and green with not so much orange and yellow.  We will see once I get started the painting seems to talk to me and it could end up totally different.  That's the beauty of it.  A mystery and puzzle to solve.

Star finally sleeping after coughing all night.  Turns out honey is a good suppressant. Wish I'd known that last night.  I also bought some beef bouillon to put in his water so that he'll drink and not get dehydrated.  Worked like a charm.  So good to see him sleeping.  Yes, that's our couch or should I say his couch!

Blessings for a great weekend.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Jewel Tones Oil painting by Bente Hansen

Jewel Tones 12x12 Oil on Gessobord  $150

The self inflicted challenge for me this weekend was to take the image of the acrylic painting below and do it in a manner that has more oomph.

I like the acrylic painting.  I had a lot of fun doing it with all the lines and drops of color.  I couldn't quite figure out if there was something missing so I put the acrylic up high where I would normally put my reference photo and decided to tackle a new painting with all the beautiful transparent colors that we have been using in Dreama's course. My favorite at the moment is Rembrandt's Transparent Red Medium. Love this color.  Echoing Dreama with "make the darks darker "than you think you need.  You can add the opaques later.

I like the result.  I also took a photo of the new painting and ran it through the Value Viewer App that I have on my iPad and iPhone.  The black and white image in the levels mode was perfect.  Gotta use all the tools at hand.

Blessings for a great week.


The painting will be available on tomorrow